End-times Angels Part 2 - Bible Study
End-times Angels Part 2
In the last lesson, we examined the different jobs of angels, saw that they intervene in human affairs, learned that angels have ranks and classifications, and saw that they appear as men. Let’s look at other aspects of angels.
Angels are the LORD’s assistants in various roles. We cannot see their actions, but from scripture (and from deductive reasoning) we know they play a part in world events. We can see their influence militarily, possibly politically, and religiously (with both true and false religion). Angelic beings play roles in God’s rule over the planet either by executing judgment, unleashing judgments (Rev. 9) , or acting as workers in other ways.
Angels have authority over the elements. They can control the physical things that we humans are subject to: wind, plant life, the oceans, (Rev. 7:1), fire, heat, and forces such as gravity (Judges 13:20).
Angels can see spiritual as well as physical characteristics. For one thing, they can recognize believers. Angels know who belongs to the LORD and is saved (See Rev. 7:3). They also can see other spirit beings. (Of course, they can see and interact physically with humans as well as the physical world as mentioned before.)
Angels worship God - and do it out of free will. They say things that are worshipful (Rev. 7:11-12), sing (Luke 2:13-14, Rev. 5:8-11), perform other acts of worship (Rev. 8:3). Fallen angels rejected God.
Angels have understanding and intelligence. They obviously know what is happening on earth (1 Cor. 4:9) and influence world events (Rev. 16:14). They also know prophecies (Dan. 10:21), understand what occurred when Jesus died, was buried and resurrected (Matthew 28:1-7), and they have an interest in salvation (1 Peter 1:12). They understand measurements (Rev. 21:17) and probably employ technology as well.
Angels can wage war, fight - and either win or lose. Michael is a chief that has authority over other angels, and he fights against fallen angels including at least one cherub (Rev. 12:7-9). The devil makes war against God’s children (Rev. 12:17, Job 1, Genesis 3, Eph 6:12).
Angels have emotions. Lucifer is described as having a heart, ambitions, and pride (Ezekiel 28:2,5 parallels Lucifer in Ez. 28:15,17 and Isaiah 14:13-14).
Angels can sin, and are judged - but are not offered salvation like people are. Jude 6 and 2 Peter 2:4, Job 4:18. Jesus came in the form of a man and did not come to redeem angels.
Angels are referred to as sons of God. The phrase “sons of God” seems to refer to any being directly created by God. Adam is called a son of God (Luke 3:38), Jesus is a son of God (the Son of God – John 3:16), and the angels are also called sons of God (Job 1:6, 38:7). These had no father other than God. Sons of God in this sense could apply to fallen angels as well (Gen. 6:2) but a human – with a human father – only becomes a son of God (child of God) when/if they get saved (1 John 3:1-2). This special relationship is not given to angels: Heb. 1:4-8.
Angels come to earth. We see this repeatedly in the Bible. We’re told we might encounter them (Heb 13:2).
Angels have names. We know Gabriel and Michael already. Lucifer was the name of a cherub. But the other angels were named as well: Isaiah 40:25-26.
Angels are not to be worshipped. We should not ever worship or venerate or pray to angels (Col. 2:18)! A servant of God will reject worship (Rev. 22:8-9). Only fallen angels would want worship, and they are false gods (2 Cor 4:4, Matt. 4:9, Acts 7:42, 2 Chron 33:3).
Angels are superior to man in power, but the status of a Christian is higher. We will judge certain of them (1 Cor. 6:3). We are made co-heirs with Jesus Christ. We are indwelt with the Spirit of God. We are given the wisdom of Christ. We are blessed with spiritual blessings. We have covenants. Angels have none of these things.